Introduction to Therapy
Why come to therapy:
Everybody experiences periods of stress, sadness, grief and conflict. Sometimes it is manageable alone but sometimes having a safe space to talk about it can be useful.
Relationships can be complicated. Minor arguments can take on enormous importance and feel difficult to move on from. Sometimes therapy is to resolve something insummountable between two people, communication has broken down, affection has been withdrawn; at other times it can be used more as a relationship service and MOT, having a look at the relationship and taking preemptive action toaddress the smaller issues before they become major.
Having the space, either as an individual or as a couple, to step back from a situation and think about it in a different way can be very useful. Having another person in the room changes the dynamic and can encourage a different way of communicating.
How therapy works:
I generally start with an assessment session (90 minutes for an individual or a couple) in which we can discuss what the problem might be and get some background. The assessment is as much for you to get to know me as me to get to know you, and for us to decide whether it would be helpful to work together. Subsequent sessions normally take place on a weekly basis and last for 50 minutes.